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NSW Premier Keneally concludes China visit

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NSW Premier Kristina Keneally completed her first official visit to China as Premier last week, a trade mission that centred on promoting Australian business in Beijing, Shanghai, Xian and Guangzhou. Her main duty was to launch NSW Week, hosted by the Australian Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo as well as  "reaffirm NSW’s strong relationship with China and the importance of furthering our trade, social and cultural links," she noted. Last year, the NSW Government opened business offices in Shanghai and Guangzhou, which Keneally said would stand us in good stead with China. "Our trade offices and promoting the state through NSW Week will firmly place NSW as a destination for international investment, tourism and education and as a source of world class products and services." China is NSW’s largest trading partner with bilateral merchandise trade worth approximately $20.4 billion in 2008/09 and growth of more than 135 percent in the past five years. The province of Guangdong is NSW's sister region, and NSW has Australia's largest Chinese community, a population of about 290,000.

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